Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fun in the kitchen...

It was a cold, rainy day Saturday. Much of the state was getting snow dumped on them, but we live close to the water so it didn't get quite cold enough here. We did however have freezing rain and super high winds.

We spent most of day watching movies! And staying warm.
Since we do live by the shore, when we get hit by a storm we usually head to the beach to see what the ocean is up too. She was rough and was cutting out quite a bit of sand, It was low tide when we went. The wave caps were as far out as you could see.
Here's a few pics of the ocean.

After freezing at the beach we went and got some hot coco and then headed home to make some caramel apples.

I used red delicious, I wouldn't normally use those but it's what I had... aren't they beautiful?! :)

Dark Chocolate of course, many health benefits to dark chocolate. ;)

Yummy caramel squares melting, added some heavy cream to make them really smooth.

We went for a sweet and salty mixture. Using peanuts, mini m&m's and crushed potato chips as toppings.

Dipping time!!! :)

Put in fridge for a few hours, and this is the finished product.

One mistake I made, and don't want you too, is that if doing caramel and then chocolate you have to dip in caramel let that harden in fridge, wipe off condensation with paper towel and then dip in chocolate. :) So it all doesn't run off!

They were delicious tho!!! :)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Decorating...

Some Autumn is one of my favorite seasons!! I love to decorate, cook, bake and enjoy the crisp air. I love being where I get to fully enjoy 4 beautiful seasons.

The leaves are colored and falling here. Reminds me that winter is coming.

Autumn Fires
by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Here's some outside decor.. Aren't these guys sooo cute... I paid $5.00 each for them at an Amish Auction, What fun we had that day!

In school today, we created a family prayer tree. We put everyone who is special to us on the tree and will pray through-out the month of November for each person on the tree.

Below is a shot of my kitchen cabinet, Love my kids! I want them to feel how special to me they are everyday. I thank God for them every night and every morning that I wake up.

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So around our home, this is what we've done.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Picture speaks a thousand words...

Some sights from this weekend:

Can you guess what's happening in this photo below??

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mommy stuff...

I've been up since 5am, after not hitting the sack until midnight.
Three loads of laundry are done, and I've made pumpkin spice muffins for breakfast.
Loaded the dishwasher, hand washed what was left.
Poured two glass of raw milk for my little girls, while they have their muffins.
Both woke up snuffy, One son still on antibiotics for bronchitis.
I have a bill I must go pay today, and have to pick up hubby's script from pharmacy..

Did I mention we're camping this weekend, so we need clean laundry, food etc packed and ready for Friday, after son's re-check with Dr.

At times my schedule seems overwhelming. Among all that is going on, I still must school everyone, clean, take care of pets, love my husband, love my children and love my extended family as well.

It seems to me it is at these times I am often reminded by the Lord, how blessed I am.
My life would be dull without these 5 souls I have to love, nurture, care for and be a mommy too, no matter how old they get.

I am thankful for the loads and loads of laundry, how I will miss these busy days when my children are grown, and I have no clothes to wash.

I am thankful that warm muffins make my kids smile, and cold milk is a pleasure to them.

These busy days remind me that this is only a season...and season's change.

I am grateful for the smiles, the laughter, the sounds of kids playing together, the hum of the washer, dryer, dishwasher etc. All to soon will be a season of silence.

So how do we keep our cool and stay positive, we need to remember to be thankful in all circumstances! That means even when we are overstressed, overworked and underpaid, for our reward is not here on earth.

It means don't sweat the small stuff like spilled milk, a bad dog counter surfing for those muffins, cats that walk across your keyboard, a kids that wakes up and decides he doesn't like pumpkin muffins.

But remember it is only a season.
Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be Check Spellingsilent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

I must sign off for now, as we speak a 'zip' line is being built in the house using yarn and hangers. :)

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Emergency Meal Challenge

So Amy over at has issued a challeCheck Spellingnge to come up with 3 days worth of meals, that require little thought in case of a disaster.

This weighs on my mind heavily, I am in a suburban area. So if stores shut down due to a disaster, I would be scared, and probably have to keep the guns handy. OR we would have to move to a 'safe' place. That is also on our mind, where we would venture too. We have family in Vermont and our camper we can take anywhere.

Now somethings we always have on hand are water, charcoal, wood, so this could be use for cooking, and ice.

I probably would first utilize what I could from refrigerator/freezer, store what food I can on what ever ice i have until that is gone and then go to meal boxes.

I think it's wise to keep a hidden stock of juice boxes, canned v-8, or sunny d bottles for this purpose as well.

Back to the meals:
Day One:
B-instant oatmeal, water bottles,
L-canned fruit, tuna, mayo crackers-water bottle, juice boxes
D- canned chili, canned fruit-water, juice boxes

Day two:
B-dried fruit, nuts, water, juice
L-beef jerkey, fruit, water, juice
D-canned ham, instant potatoes, canned veggies

Day three:
B-instant farina, water
L-pepperoni, crackers, mustard, canned oranges etc
D-canned chickenw/bbq sauce, canned fruit , canned veggies

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Energy Bites!!

Ok guys, these are fantastic! One bowl, no bake healthy energy in a little bite! :)

Thanks to for sharing and to for the recipe!!

1/2 C Peanut Butter or any other nut butter
1/3 C honey, I use raw but you can use whatever
1C oatmeal-quick oats work well
1C shredded coconut
1-2 t vanilla, I can't tell us how much i use I just squirt it. :)
pinch of sea salt, optional
then for here you can add spices or anything else you like, I make mine with sunflower seeds, but you can do, chocolate chips, flax seed, dried fruit, what ever.. I usually do 1/2 cup of extras

My current batch is sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. :)

Mix it all up really good, put in fridge for about 30 mins. then make into little balls. :)

Keeps in fridge in airtight container for a week. If you can make them last that long! :)
should make about 2 dozen!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Meal Planning and More....

We love to cook here! But lately we've been at a loss as to what to eat.. So we decided to really try a nail down a menu. I figure this well help with budget, and with the pre-dinner panic that usually sets in around 3:00. We normally eat at 5:30, except on Mondays that is bible study night and we share a meal at 6:00pm with others. :)

Meal planning is hard work, especially when you have a large family. But I think it's essential!!

We also have created some theme nights. To help with the meal planning.

Our Menu for the next two weeks:

Monday: Soup Night-Pasta Fagoli with homemade bread.
Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday: Pasta with Homemade sauce/gravy.
Thursday: Honey Mustard Chicken
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Sunday: Roast Beef, Potatoes and Veggies, we eat early on Sunday around 3ish.

Monday: Soup Night-Chili Mac N Cheddar Soup
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner
Wednesday: Penne ala Betsy
Thursday: Pork Loin w/veggies
Friday: Pizza Night
Saturday: Homemade Subs
Sunday: Baked Ziti.

While away camping this weekend we bought a couple of those frozen pasta meals that you just heat in the skillet and eat.

I am determined to make these from scratch to keep on hand for quick lunches or dinners on busy nights. I'll let you know how they turn out. :)
I would love to expand my freezer cooking as well. So I'm looking for good meals that freeze well, and still taste good after you cook them.

So we have Soup Night, Pasta Night and Pizza Night. Sunday is a family dinner served early in the afternoon. I may make Saturdays either breakfast for dinner, or Crockpot Night, we are usually so busy on a Saturday and I'm exhausted at the end of the day so we need something simple. I'm hoping by having the theme nights it will simplify the menu planning. Since we do make everything from scratch, I'd like to keep the meal planning part easy! :)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Slow Cooker Oriental Chicken...

Our family loves this recipe!!! It was given to me by a friend! Thanks Christine!! :)

13lb whole chicken skin removed-you can use chicken legs, thighs, quarters whatever you want
1/2 C chicken broth
1/3 C soy sauce- or Mrs Braggs amino acids
1/3 C olive oil
1/4 C honey
1 t Worcestershire sauce or teriyaki
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 t sesame oil
2 T minced garlic

Now I leave the skin on the chicken and remove it later, you can remove first and you will have less fat in the dish. :)

Put chicken in crock pot, mix up the rest, pour over chicken. Low 8 hours, High 4 hours

Once it's done, debone chicken throw meat back in crock, make some white or brown rice, delicious!!! :)

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